Review: ASUS ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition



The appearance of the ROG Phone 8 Pro is close to that of other high-end Android phones. Unlike consumer phones, the Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro has a 3.5 jack and two USB-C ports, one on the bottom and one on the side, for easier charging of your device while playing.

With a very premium unboxing experience, ASUS clearly wants to offer us a premium phone. Now the price clearly hurts, as the ROG Phone 8 (12Gb / 256Gb) is priced at €1099. The ROG Phone 8 Pro (16Gb / 512Gb) is priced at €1199. And the ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition (24Gb / 1To) we tested costs €1499.

However, ASUS has completely missed the mark in the audio department, where the experience is clearly not up to scratch, especially for a phone that claims to be a gaming device. And the marketing is a bit of a liar when it comes to the phone’s thickness, making no mention at all of the hump where the three photo sensors are located, which is nonetheless imposing.

The handling and software layer show ASUS’ full know-how, and this latest Snapdragon SOC delivers superb performance. The phone looks like it has a lot more to give than current games can exploit, so let’s hope ASUS continues to improve its concept without losing sight of its target.

ASUS ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition

We liked :

  • 165Hz AMOLED screen
  • The handling
  • Gaming features
  • Photo quality

What we didn’t like :

  • The price
  • Unbalanced stereo speakers

On arrival, the ROG Phone 8 Pro Edition is by no means a cheap phone, but a unique proposition that combines gaming and premium. With a superb screen, sleek design, superb photo sensors and plenty of gadgets, ASUS clearly stands out from the competition. And if I could keep it, it would definitely replace my iPhone. So that’s the Gold Award.